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Fireworks reminders for holiday festivities


The 4th of July is just around the corner, and many backyard barbecues and lakeside gatherings seem to include the ritual of lighting explosive devices that make noise and fill the skies with color. Residents who intend to include fireworks in their 4th of July celebrations are encouraged to take note of regulations for safe and legal fireworks use.

In Marysville, discharging of fireworks is permitted from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 only. Arlington residents are allowed one extra hour, with use of fireworks allowed from 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4.

In unincorporated Snohomish County, fireworks can only be discharged between 9 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on July 4.

Police will cite people caught with illegal fireworks between now and the holiday weekend, as well as individuals who ignite any fireworks outside of the permitted hours on July 4th. Under state law, possession or discharge of illegal fireworks is a misdemeanor offense punishable by a fine of up to $1,000, up to a year in jail and a mandatory court appearance.

Inside Marysville city limits, current laws state that legal fireworks, those typically defined as Class C or "safe and sane," may only be sold from noon-11 p.m. on June 28 and from 9 a.m.-11 p.m. June 29-July 4.

The City of Arlington allows sale of "safe and sane" fireworks from 9 a.m. on June 28 to 9 p.m. on July 4. The legal discharge of fireworks can take place from 9 a.m. to midnight on July 4.

Local residents can also enjoy a professional fireworks display in the evening at Quake Park, next to the Boys and Girls Club at the Arlington Airport. See the special Arlington Festivals section in this issue of the Outlook for more information.

Marysville fireworks laws apply not only to use and discharge of illegal fireworks, but also to standard "safe and sane" fireworks if they are ignited outside the specified times and dates under city laws, according to community information officer Doug Buell.

Police can issue criminal citations to violators or civil citations, similar to a standard ticket.

Marysville fireworks laws carry serious penalties, with monetary fines ranging from $500 to $1,000 and up to a year in jail.

Police Cmdr. Robb Lamoureux noted that the ability to issue civil infractions enable officers to spend more time on the streets responding to fireworks complaints and less time processing criminal citation paperwork.

"Safety of individuals and property is our utmost concern," Lamoureux said.

"Celebrations can quickly turn to tragedy for families, especially where children and teenagers are involved, so use caution and common sense to avoid injuries or property damage,” he said. “Safe and sane fireworks, and illegal fireworks in particular, pose a public safety and medical threat, and they have the potential to cause property damage in the Marysville area."

City officials also urge residents to clean up their fireworks debris after the show is over.

"After you light it up, clean it up," Buell said. "Discarded fireworks the days after the 4th are a neighborhood eyesore, and smoldering, spent fireworks can still pose a fire hazard if not discarded properly."

For more information visit the City fireworks web page. The site also includes information about illegal fireworks, as well as valuable safety tips.


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